Tampa Prosecution Clinic

3 - 5 Credit Hours

(Variable credit enrollments available: requires 42.5 hours per credit)

Overseeing Professor:
Christine Cerniglia, Associate Professor, and
Director of Clinical and Experiential Education
[email protected]

Adjunct Professor:
Teresa Hall, Supervising Attorney - Conviction Review Unit,
13th Judicial Circuit

Program Description:
Students will actively participate in the criminal justice system and perform the functions of a prosecutor through all facets of prosecution, including filing charges, performing investigations, responding to discovery, and conducting jury and non-jury trials. Students will further develop core competencies in advocacy skills and substantive knowledge required to serve as assistant state attorneys through a combination of experiential learning and classroom instruction. Jury selections occur on Mondays.


Placement Locations:
• Tampa

Program Requirements:
• 42.5 hours per credit;
• For scheduling purposes - Hillsborough County has a one-week/month trial calendar, and jury selection is on Mondays of those trial weeks (judges will conduct bench trials outside of this one week);
• Weekly classroom component which meets on Mondays from 5:30 p.m.-6:55 p.m. at the Tampa Campus Administrative Conf. Room
• Multiple reflective papers.

Eligibility Requirements:
• Successful completion of four semesters and at least 48 credit hours;
• Be in good academic standing;
• Successful completion of Professional Responsibility, Evidence, Trial Advocacy, and one upper-level Criminal Procedure course (Florida Criminal Procedure OR Federal Criminal Procedure [adjudication or investigation]); and
• Must have received a Notice of Registrant Clearance from The Florida Board of Bar Examiners or expect to receive one at least eight weeks before participating in a clinic program. 

Application Requirements:
• Submit a completed application by the appropriate deadline (for more information, visit the Clinics and Externships page.); and
• Timely submit additional documentation as required for this program. (Students are notified of additional requirements after applying and being provisionally placed in the program.)

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